Elizabeth Smith (Scottish politician)
|Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Mid Scotland and Fife
3 May 2007
|Born||27 February 1960|
|Political party||Scottish Conservative Party|
Elizabeth Smith (born 27 February 1960) is a Scottish Conservative Party politician, and Member of the Scottish Parliament for Mid Scotland and Fife. She is her party's education spokesman, having been a teacher at George Watson's College in Edinburgh before becoming an MSP.
She was narrowly beaten (by just 48 votes) to the Perth seat at the 2001 General Election by the SNP's Annabelle Ewing. She made The Herald Scottish Politician of the Year shortlist for 'The One to Watch' in 2007.
In March 2009, Smith was caught up in the Sunday Express Dunblane controversy when she was quoted condemning a number of teenage Dunblane survivors' blogs as "in bad taste". She has since distanced herself from these comments, arguing that they were quoted out of context, a claim disputed by the editor.
She acted as campaign manager for Murdo Fraser in his leadership election campaign in 2011.
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